The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a letter in the end of September to United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, asking him to add Israel to the black list of countries that “violate children’s rights.”
The letter, sent by PLO Secretary General Saeb Erakat, arrived two days after Israeli troops killed two Palestinian children in Gaza.
“In view of the information you have received from UN agencies working in occupied Palestine and through our bilateral channels, it is becoming clear that Israel, as the occupying Power, continues to violate its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention and other treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The two children, aged 12 and 14 years old, were hundreds of meters away from Israeli forces deployed in the Gaza Strip, according to the letter.
The top PLO official accused Israel of violating children’s rights, citing killings and mutilations, kidnappings, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.
Five other Palestinians were killed in the same day, marking it the bloodiest day since May 14, which saw the death of more than 60 Palestinians during protests coinciding with the inauguration of the US embassy in occupied Al Quds.
The PLO Secretary General also reiterated his demand for international protection for Palestinian civilians, adding that more than 350 Palestinian children were currently imprisoned in Israel.
Twelve Palestinians have been killed and nearly one thousand wounded in the space of a fortnight, the UN’s coordinating office for humanitarian affairs said in the report, quoted by Palestinian news agency WAFA.
The document mentions nine Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, including three children, during their participation in the March of Return in Gaza, between September 11 – 24.
At least 829 others were injured, including 97 children and six women.
Since March 30, the Palestinian enclave has been the scene of Israeli aggression against Palestinians protesting peacefully to demand the lifting of the Israeli blockade and for the right of return of Palestinians who were driven out or fled their lands in 1948.
Around 194 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since then, most of them during peaceful demonstrations near the barrier erected by the Israeli occupation in Gaza.
Some 103 others were injured, during the same time period, in different areas of the occupied West Bank, including 56 children.
In addition, ten Palestinian buildings have been demolished under the pretext of no building permit, 200 Palestinian olive trees uprooted, and 132 Israeli incursions and search campaigns.
According to the UN report, Palestinian fishermen have also been targeted off the Gaza Strip. They were attacked by Israeli naval fire, arrested, and their boats confiscated.
The PLO secretary general also reiterated his demand for international protection for Palestinian civilians, adding that more than 350 Palestinian children were currently imprisoned in Israel.
Source: Palestine Monitor